Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold a meeting with 14 political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, including four former chief ministers of the erstwhile state, in the national capital on Thursday to discuss the future course of action for the Union territory.
This is the first such exercise since the Centre’s decision of revoking Article 370, a provision that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into Union territories in August 2019.
The meeting is said to be a part of the Centre's initiatives to strengthen political processes, including holding Assembly elections, in the Union territory.
Who all are invited?
The Centre send invitations to 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir for the all-party meet.
All political parties, including the PAGD, an amalgam of five regional political parties of Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress, the Peoples Conference, and the Apni Party have said they will attend the all-party meeting.
At least three former Chief Ministers of the erstwhile state, Dr Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference (NC), Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress will be present at the meeting.
What to expect?
While there has been no official word on the agenda of the meeting, reports have suggested that Midi would urge leaders to cooperate with the delimitation commission and set the electoral process in motion.
Speculation is also rife that the Centre would restore the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir.
While the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) leaders are expected to stick to the alliance's demand seeking restoration of Article 370, the leaders representing Congress, the Apni party and the Panther’s party from Jammu will seek restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir at the meeting.